The Game Plan (PG)

Comedy 110 September 28, 2007
By Luke Y. Thompson
It seems like a promising - if slightly clichéd - start when we meet Joe “The King” Kingman, an egotistical athlete prone to talking in catchphrases, referring to himself in the third person, showing off expensive possessions, and singing Elvis songs. Clearly, the character (and self-parody) could only have been written for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — this is what WWE fans loved him for in his prior profession. Unfortunately, there is an even more thoroughly obnoxious character in Andy Fickman’s The Game Plan: Joe’s 8-year-old daughter (Madison Pettis), who shows up out of nowhere to utter precocious diatribes no real kid that age would even understand. She's constantly shrugging her shoulders in extreme close-up, which is apparently adorable to somebody. Johnson’s a good actor, but it would take the ghost of Laurence Olivier to make us believe that a grown man could legitimately fall for this brat.
Andy Fickman Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Roselyn Sanchez, Kyra Sedgwick, Morris Chestnut, Madison Pettis, Gordon Clapp Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray Buena Vista